Rumours of Ankaraspor pretty much taking over Ankaragucu are starting to come true with Ankaraspor chairman Little Gokcek, son of Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek, telling NTV Spor on Thursday night that a merger deal is expected to concluded by the end of the week.
"The two teams need to make plans for the next season. For this reason we need to immediately conclude a deal. Our talks are continuing and on our side there are no problems. We are waiting for a decision from the Ankaragucu board," Little Gokcek told NTV Spor.
"God willing no trifling matter will cause a hitch. I'm praying that this will happen as soon as possible."
That "trifling matter" could well end up being who gets what when it comes to director spots. The team will still be called Ankaragucu but will almost certainly be chaired by Little Gokcek.
Little Gokcek summed up the reasoning behind such a deal by saying that Ankaragucu had the fans, while Ankaraspor had the money.
Earlier reports said that a merger deal would result in Izmir's Karsiyaka being promoted to the top flight but it now appears that it would mean a reduction from 18 to 17 teams in the Super Lig. I assume that means next year only two teams will be relegated.
As Faustian pacts go, it is a pretty good one. Ankaragucu selling its soul in the hope of winning the league in its centenary year.
Still, nothing has been signed yet. Meanwhile, rumour has it that the new Ankaragucu badge will look a little bit like this and the new team will play all its home matches at Yenikent.
The last rumours were started by us of course.